A ventilated facade is a means of covering a building; the porcelain stoneware surface is anchored to the wall of the building thanks to an aluminium structure and mechanical anchorage devices.
This system meets the demands of new architectural concepts, carefully enhancing the aesthetic effects of buildings while, at the same time, keeping energy consumption low. Ventilated façades (as well as ventilated walls and curtain walls) are tailored to the need to increase the efficiency of buildings and rationalise the construction process.
A ventilation gap is thus created between the two surfaces; the air in the chamber is moved by convection generating a micro-ventilation effect which allows the walls of the building to breathe. The installation of a suitable insulating layer eliminates thermal bridges, reduces heat dispersion in winter and heat accumulation in the summer; all this to the advantage of energy savings and the comfort of the people in the building.
Why choose them? The benefits of ventilated façades
Ventilated façades provide a beneficial solution in terms of energy saving and improved living comfort. The main benefits of this solution are:
- Energy saving: a ventilated facade provides noise insulation, low heat dispersion in cold periods and low heat absorption in hot months.
- Healthier environment: a ventilated facade prevents thermal bridges, favours the dispersion of humidity present in the building and guarantees excellent noise insulation.
- Unaltered technical and aesthetic performances: the colours of the slabs remain unaltered over time and the surfaces do not absorb dust or dirt.
- Protection from water: a ventilated facade stops rainwater and ice from entering the walls thus reducing decay and relevant maintenance costs.
- Ideal for renovation work: a ventilated facade can be applied over existing plaster without the need for restoration work.
- Self-Cleaning: thanks to the technologically advanced HY-PRO24 and the super-hydrophilic action.
Mirage has put in place innovative technology to treat porcelain stoneware with titanium dioxide (TiO2). This substance is applied hot and inserted directly into the crystalline structure of the material's surface, creating a material that becomes an integral part of the ceramic product itself. One advantage of ventilated façades is that the surface becomes ultra-hydrophilic, providing vertical external walls with a self-cleaning effect. Dirt and polluting elements are passively removed by rain and therefore easily washed away from vertically-installed façades.
Designing ventilated facades
A ventilated façade is made up of a series of functional layers:
wall support layer
external finish (or covering)
Mirage ventilated façades are designed to meet the aesthetic and functional demands of architectural designs. Our internal design service offers a wide choice of product engineering solutions, allowing us to optimise the aesthetic, technical and financial options of the wall system being created.
Executive plan of a façade
The structures are studied down to the smallest details and are anchored to the support in such a way as to guarantee that the only loads that bear on the structures are the weight (of the structure and facing) and the wind (pressure and depression).
The calculations are based on the standards and certifications of the single components obtained from European institutes in accordance with the regulations currently in force.